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Who would you choose as your backpacking companion

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Who would you choose as your backpacking companion
I'm a bit of a lone wolf when it comes to heading off on backpacking adventures around the world - I just like it to be me and the open road. That way, I only have myself to blame when things go a bit pear-shaped. But, I know that scouting out cheap travel options and nice hostels to stay in can be easier and more fun when you've got someone there to share the burden. Making the decision as to who to take with you on your global tour can be a bit tricky, though.

If you can't make up your mind who among your friends is the most worthy companion, check out this research by Abbey, which has thrown up some interesting findings related to holiday partners. Apparently, while most Britons - 65 per cent - would opt for their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife as trip buddies (how sweet), one million would prefer to vacate with their favourite celebrity and almost half a million would opt for a work colleague to accompany them.

Perhaps not that surprisingly, very few people were up for travelling with family members - two per cent would be happy to jet set with their siblings and only one per cent with their parents. To be fair, I know where they're coming from on that score - I'd absolutely hate dragging my sister around the sights and sounds of India. The propensity for arguments with family members while on holiday is just too great.

That said, it might be fun to head off into the sun with a grandparent or two. Recent research from Saga Holidays has revealed that older people are getting more into thrill-seeking and adventure while they're away. Time to take granny bungee jumping, I think.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19336662-ADNFCR
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